I am obsessed with this recipe. I love the tiny meatballs and the lasagna-ish taste of this casserole. Sometimes I just make the meatballs and freeze them for spaghetti night.
3/4 cup uncooked penne pasta
2 tbsp seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, Divided
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning ( I use pizza seasoning)
1/8 tsp onion powder
Dash garlic Powder
1/4 lb ground beef or turkey
3/4 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile in a small bowl combing the bread crumbs, 2 TBSp parmesan cheese, egg, Italian seasoning, onion powder, salt and garlic powder. Mix in meat and shape into 1/2 inch balls, place on a coated baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Drain meatballs and combine in a bowl with the pasta, cottage cheese, mozzarella and marinara sauce.
Spoon into a 1 qt. baking dish and top with 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted.